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Forest Service closes Oak Hill snow play area for thinning project

Oak Hills Snow Play area is located east of Parks. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Oak Hills Snow Play area is located east of Parks. Ryan Williams/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – The Oak Hill area on the Kaibab National Forest will be closed for the 2022-2023 winter season to protect public safety during logging operations.

The Parks West forest restoration project was expected to begin Dec. 1. Forest restoration projects are conducted to return the forest to more natural, fire-adapted conditions by removing overcrowded trees from the forest to reduce the likelihood and severity of wildfires.

The Oak Hill Snow Play Area is located in the center of the closure area, and will be closed. Heavy equipment will be working in and around the snow play area. The snow play area will also have a large amount of woody debris and ground disturbance following the restoration work that will make conditions unsafe for snow play.

Plan ahead for winter snow play. Though the Oak Hill Snow Play Area will not be available for use, the general forest is open for snow play and there are other privately operated snow play facilities in the Williams and Flagstaff area. Many of the roads are not maintained in the winter and travelers may become stuck while trying to access areas. Please ensure that you plan for winter driving conditions, have a 4x4 vehicle with tire chains, and have appropriate clothing, food and water for cold and wet conditions.

Please reference temporary area closure order: #03-07-01-22-12 for more information.

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